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Buhari vows not to prolong stay in power after second term

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Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi is an experienced and award winning journalist from Ghana. He has worked for several media brands both in Ghana and on the International scene. Isaac Kaledzi is currently serving as an African Correspondent for DW.

The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari has promised to step down and exit politics when his second term ends in 2023.

Buhari won a second term in office in 2019 and although the presidential election results were contested in court by his opponent, his victory was affirmed by the court.

President Buhari in his new year message to Nigerians on Wednesday said “I will be standing down in 2023 and will not be available in any future elections.

But I am determined to help strengthen the electoral process both in Nigeria and across the region, where several ECOWAS members go to the polls this year.”

Buhari said his priority during the remainder of his tenure is “the security of the nation and the safety of our citizens.”

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The Nigerian constitution doesn’t allow for a president to go beyond a two five-year term mandate.

But in parts of Africa many incumbent presidents have changed the constitution in order to run again.

President Buhari said he will not attempt to exceed the constitutional mandate.

Nigerians react

Some Nigerians have been reacting to this promise from President Buhari.




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